Total to drill offshore South Africa oilwell in 2014

offshore sa-conduqtor wcTotal is aiming for a production target of three million bpd by 2017 in Africa. (Image source: Conduqtor/Wikimedia Commons)France‘s Total has announced that it will drill an oilwell in Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa next year

The oilfield is situated in the Outeniqua Basin, about 175km off the southern coast of the country.

Abiodun Afolabi, general secretary for Africa at Total, said, “Total is the operator of the block, which covers an area of about 19,000 sq km.”

Afolabi added that the South African government has also granted Total tha permission to carry on with a technical cooperation permit on Outeniqua South Block, where the company would shoot 7,000km of 2D seismic data.

Total is aiming for a production target of three million bpd by 2017 in Africa.

“We expect to see an increasing proportion of the operated production in Africa coming from the deep offshore, which has risen steadily from 34 per cent in 2006 to 72 per cent in 2012,” Afolabi said.

Africa reportedly accounts for approximately one-third of the Total’s hydrocarbon production. The French energy firm also supplies about 14mn tonnes of petroleum products a year to the continent’s downstream market.



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